Aviation International News » August 2003

August 4, 2008 - 7:29am

Gulfstream, which has been engaged in a dispute with the FAA over whether its new Gulfstream 550 could be certified with the traditional four elliptical window emergency exits, has now apparently satisfied the agency’s concerns in the form of a requirement for “an evacuation crewmember” on all flights carrying 10 or more passengers.

August 4, 2008 - 7:27am

The decades that preceded the 1970s were propelled by a lust for technological progress measured in speed, altitude and range. The 1970s marked a sea change for aviation, brought on largely by the rude realization that cheap and freely available
fuel could no longer be taken for granted. The commercial mission, which continues to this day, then became that of transporting ever more people on the least amount
of fuel.

August 4, 2008 - 7:12am

The number of people killed in turbine business airplane accidents across all segments increased in the first half of this year compared with the first six months of last year, according to figures compiled by safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.

August 4, 2008 - 7:10am

Piper announced on July 21 that American Capital Strategies, a minority (about 2 percent) shareholder in the company since 1998, has acquired 94 percent of the Vero Beach, Fla.-based manufacturer’s voting equity. The announcement followed word on July 15 that ACS had secured Piper’s bank debt for approximately $75 million.

August 4, 2008 - 7:10am

Dassault is working quietly on the design for what could become a supersonic business jet (SSBJ). In June the French aircraft manufacturer announced the creation of a “common working group” with Sukhoi to study such an aircraft.

August 4, 2008 - 7:08am

The Republican-led House appropriations subcommittee on transportation, treasury and independent agencies last month approved a new transportation spending bill that would slash Essential Air Service subsidies from their current $113 million to $41.5 million. Sponsored by subcommittee chairman Rep.

August 4, 2008 - 7:07am

Signature Flight Support’s new St. Louis Lambert International Airport facility, the 42nd FBO in the company’s chain, is now open for business. The facility was previously known as Midcoast Aviation and emerged as part of a sublease agreement that allows Midcoast to continue to provide aircraft maintenance at the location.

August 4, 2008 - 7:07am

The number-two SJ30-2 flight-test aircraft (S/N 003) took off on July 21 from Sino Swearingen’s headquarters at San Antonio Airport. It was the first time the light business jet had flown since the April 26 accident that destroyed the number-one test airplane (S/N 002) and claimed the life of test pilot Carroll Beeler.

August 4, 2008 - 7:06am

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and National Aeronautic Association have certified five speed records set by a Piaggio Avanti. The records for average speed over a recognized course were set earlier this year with pilot Joe Ritchie and copilot Steve Fossett at the controls. The records include:

August 4, 2008 - 7:05am

According to Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US) of Cincinnati, the great majority of fractional aircraft share owners are satisfied with their program and plan to renew. According to ARG/US president Joseph Moeggenberg, 82 percent of fractional customers indicate they are satisfied with their current fractional program and 80 percent intend to renew with that same program. provider.